Awards & Engraving

August '19

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18 a-e-mag.com • A&E AUGUST 2019 panels are slightly rounded, and text that is too close to the edge may be difficult to read. If you engrave one panel at a time, make a page for each panel and measure both the height and width of the panel. I will discuss more about the engravable width shortly. If you intend to engrave the whole frame at once, place guidelines at each of the lines on your rectangle that represents your photo opening. They mark off your engravable areas in most cases. Should the frame slope a great deal or have other decorations along the edges, add more guidelines to represent a true engravable area. Corner Seams Photo frames generally have seams in each of the corners where the frame material is pieced together. The seams run from an out- side corner to the inside corner of the frame opening. I never engrave over a seam. It looks unprofessional and may make text difficult to read or break up a graphic. I use guidelines in my graphics software to indicate where the seams begin and end. I have included a visual description as well on page 16. If at all possible, I avoid the seam areas entirely. Flat Area versus Roundness versus Angled Most engravable frames sold by our industry suppliers are designed to have engravable areas that are quite flat and have small or shallow rounded edges. Lasering over an angled area that is modest in its height gain is no problem for a laser; a perfectly flat area is not necessary. Focus will not be an issue. If you are engraving a customer's frame with a significant angle or a very rounded, scooped-out center, focus may be an issue as well as the readability of the engraving. Avoid engraving on these frames, but if you do, make sure your customer understands the results they may get. Mirrored glass reflects the engraved area, causing a double image to appear at certain angles. Make sure your customer understands this before moving forward with the order. Corner graphics on a frame with no seams can add a sophisticated look to a photo frame. The side panels were used for simple text and decorative graphics. The top frame is for a 5-by-7-inch photo and the bottom frame is for a 4-by-6- inch photo. Notice the height difference between the two frames. The extra quarter inch can add an extra line of text and still look great or allow for a larger font size.

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